Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Wake-up: Steelers not adding a tight end
By Jamison Hensley
It's that time of training camp where it seems like the focus is more on the injured players than the healthy ones. Enjoy the wake-up call ...
RAVENS: Wide receiver Brandon Stokley caught a touchdown pass in his first practice with the team. In a red-zone drill, he beat cornerback Corey Graham and pulled in a Joe Flacco pass for the score. “I felt a little rusty,” Stokley said, via the team's official website. “It just takes a while to get your legs under you. I haven’t been in an organized team activity since I lost to the Ravens in the playoffs." ... Meanwhile, Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder) practiced for the first time this training camp, and backup running back Bernard Pierce (knee) returned after missing two days of practice.
BENGALS: Slot receiver Andrew Hawkins did not give a timetable for his return from a serious ankle injury, and he didn't rule out having surgery. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, he is is likely to start the season on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he wouldn’t be eligible to come back until before the Week 9 game against Miami on Oct. 31.“ Trust me, this is low on the totem pole of hardships I’ve had in my career, so, that’s why I’m good for it,” Hawkins said.
STEELERS: The Steelers aren't expected to sign a veteran free-agent tight end like the Ravens just did with Dallas Clark, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The paper reported that the Steelers' plan is to take tight end Heath Miller off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list before the start of the regular season and have him practice for three weeks before deciding when to let him play in a game. With Miller and Matt Spaeth (foot) both injured, the Steelers are content with David Paulson as their starting tight end. ... In other news, wide receiver Plaxico Burress had season-ending surgery Monday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
BROWNS: Running back Trent Richardson probably won't know until Wednesday whether he's playing in Thursday's preseason game. Richardson missed the preseason opener last week after re-injuring his shin in training camp. "I don't know," Richardson said, via The Plain Dealer. "That's what I'm hoping for. I can't wait to see what Detroit's got, and when coach (Rob Chudzinski) tells me when I can go or no, I'll be happy with either say-so from him."